In the Matter of the Welfare of D.M.D., Jr.

607 N.W.2d 432 (2000)

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In the Matter of the Welfare of D.M.D., Jr.

Minnesota Supreme Court
607 N.W.2d 432 (2000)

DC

Facts

On January 23, 1998, D.M.D. (defendant) was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct for sexual assaults on a child that occurred when he was 14 years old. The state (plaintiff) filed a motion to designate D.M.D. as an extended-jurisdiction juvenile (EJJ). Pursuant to state law, the juvenile court then ordered an EJJ study and psychological assessment of D.M.D. At a later EJJ hearing there was conflicting psychological testimony about whether D.M.D. could complete treatment before his nineteenth birthday. The juvenile court ultimately found that the statutory factors for EJJ designation broke evenly but that the designation was warranted on public-safety grounds. On appeal, the court of appeals reversed, holding that evidence of dangerousness unrelated to the offense was required for an EJJ designation on public-safety grounds. The state subsequently appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Blatz, C.J.)

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